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Ariel Miranda

Ariel Miranda Gil

Height: 6'2"    Weight: 190

Bats/Throws: Left / Left

Born: 01/10/1989 in La Habana, Cuba

Offseason home: Miramar, Florida

Family: Wife Taimi, twin sons Addriel and Addiel

Acquired: In trade from the Baltimore Orioles, for Wade Miley (07/31/2016)

MLB Debut: 07/03/2016

Free Agent after: 2022 season

It seems appropriate that a pitcher whose first name suggests a Shakespearean spirit, and last name the author of “Hamilton,” owes his arrival on the M’s scene last year to a kind of rhyming couplet:

He was traded for Miley
And called up for Smyly

 OK, so it’s not “Hamilton.” Sue us.

Miranda, sent to Tacoma last March 25, popped up a week later when Drew Smyly suffered a strained flexor in his left elbow. It was supposed to be short-term but lasted all season. So did Miranda. The M’s pitching staff last year recalled nothing so much as the final act of Hamlet—everyone dropping like flies—but Miranda was steadfast, leading the team in starts (29) and innings pitched (160). He also threw our only complete game: a 4-hitter vs. Tampa Bay on June 4.

Sadly, as the season wore on, he seemed to wear out:

  ERA Opp. OPS
  April 3.81 .731
  May 4.45  .692 
  June 3.32  .651 
  July 6.55  .862 
  August 7.06  .977 
  September 9.31  .882 

Was he tired? Tipping his pitches? Or was his two-pitch ensemble (fastball, changeup) not enough for the bigs? (He’s since worked on a slider.) Either way, in mid-September, Miranda was relegated to the bullpen, and this season he’s tagged as our sixth or seventh starter—meaning he’s slated for Tacoma again. If, that is, everyone stays healthy. Odds on that?

EL